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this is bbc news. i'm carol walker. the headlines at 11: the prime minister says a final brexit dealfor britain is within sight, as she heads for a crucial eu summit this weekend. the british people want this to be settled. they want a good deal that sets us on settled. they want a good deal that sets us on course for settled. they want a good deal that sets us on course for a brighter future. that deal is within our grasp andi future. that deal is within our grasp and i am determined to deliver it. but the document, which covers trade, security and foreign affairs is not legally binding and labour says it amounts to nothing. this empty document could have been written two years ago. it is peppered with phrases such as, the parties will look at, the parties will explore. what on earth has the government been doing for the last two yea rs 7 mi5 admits to errors in tracking the manchester arena bomber, who killed 22 people. the salisbury nerve agent attack.
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the police officer poisoned by novichok speaks publicly for the first time about his ordeal. i was still very, very sweaty. the sweating had drawn from my forehead, down my back and my neck, the whole body was just down my back and my neck, the whole body wasjust dripping down my back and my neck, the whole body was just dripping with sweat. asa as a new record is set for the amount of gas in the atmosphere causing global warming, i'll be reporting on how china could be making things worse. and the incredible comeback by robert kubica, who's returned to formula i, eight years after the crash that nearly ended his life. and at half past eleven we'll take another in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers steven swinford from the daily telegraph, and talkradio presenter, daisy mcandrew. stay with us for that. just three days before
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the eu brexit summit, negotiators have finally agreed a draft political declaration on the uk's future relationship with the european union. the declaration covers trade, security and foreign affairs and is not legally binding. it still needs approval by the other 27 eu states. these are the main points: the 26—page document outlines plans for what's called an ‘ambitious' economic partnership between the uk and the eu. it says the uk will be allowed to pursue an independent trade policy with other countries. it says brexit will end the free movement of eu citizens who want to come and live in the uk. but that restriction also applies to british citizens wanting to move to the eu. and on the issue that's caused much concern, the efforts to prevent a hard border between ireland and northern ireland, it says they'll explore new technology to ensure that doesn't happen. but the european court ofjustice will still play a role in uk affairs, something many brexit supporters are unhappy about. this afternoon, the prime minister faced criticism in the house of commons over what she'd agreed, as our deputy political editor john pienaar reports.
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here she was again. mrs may hasn't had much to crow about lately, but months of wrangling in brussels had finally delivered at least the outline of a plan to take to parliament. she couldn't wait that long. this is the right dealfor the uk. it delivers on the vote of the referendum. it brings back control of our borders, our money and our laws, and it does so while protecting jobs, protecting our security and protecting the integrity of the united kingdom. the agreement we have reached is between the uk and the european commission. it is now up to the 27 leaders
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of the other eu member states to examine this agreement in the days leading up to the special eu council meeting on sunday. not many cheerleaders for this plan. she did the job herself. the british people want this to be settled. they want a good deal that sets us on course for a brighter future. that deal is within our grasp, and i am determined to deliver it. so, the wheels haven't come off, not yet anyway. up ahead, her critics were waiting. brexiteers, former remainers, who also think britain is heading blindly into a weaker position with no time limit, and the opposition, all keen to stop mrs may in her tracks. the brexit divorce deal is already being opposed on all sides.
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the declaration on the future, presented today, promises to build and improve on a customs territory brexiteers say is too close to the eu they're anxious to leave. it says technology will be considered to help avoid physical stops and checks on trade crossing the irish border. but that is on top of a customs deal and not instead of it, and the european court would keep the last say on legal disputes on matters of eu law, and the brexiteers say that's another let down. if there is a customs relationship, in case there is no trade deal in place, that is the so—called backstop, there is no guarantee that britain could pull out as and when it wants, and strike and sign its own trade deals. it all added up to a hard sell in the commons. order. statement, the prime minister. she needed support, wanted to move on. the negotiations are now at a critical moment and all our efforts must be focused on working with our european partners to bring this process to a final conclusion in the interests of all our people.
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the labour leader had other ideas. we have 26 pages of waffle. he has been accused of lacking clarity. that was his charge against mrs may. this empty document could have been written two years ago. it's peppered with phrases such as, "the parties will look at...", "the parties will explore..." what on earth has the government been doing for the last two years? brexiteers hated the idea of being stuck in a close customs relationship under the so—called backstop plan, if a trade deal takes too long. we have the horror of being in the customs union, the horror of northern ireland being split off under a different regime. and a potential leadership contender piled in. we should junk forthwith the backstop, upon which the future economic partnership, according to this political declaration, is to be based. some tories fear losing control of uk fishing grounds. the snp agrees.
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scotland's fishing rights, thrown overboard as if they were discarded fish. so much for taking back control, more like trading away scotland's interests. the pressures may be mounting for a fresh referendum. now that we are in a position to ask people for their informed consent, that really is the time for a people's vote on this final deal. but mrs may has support, too, and they made themselves heard. outside this house, there's a much higher appreciation of the tenacity of the prime minister in pursuing a successful deal than we sometimes hear inside it. the prime minister met her austrian counterpart today. getting agreement in europe has been hard but that looks like being the easy bit. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. the plan now is for theresa may and the other 27 eu leaders to meet in brussels on sunday to approve both today's draft political declaration and the draft withdrawal agreement published last week. our europe editor katya adler has been studying the detail of the declaration.
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theresa may says this deal is the right one for the uk. but does it live up to her brexit promises? and even if it's right for the uk, what about the rest of the eu? this text is being studied now in all 27 eu capitals. one of the key issues at the heart of the eu referendum was taking back control. now, you have frequent mention in this document of uk sovereignty, and also of an independent uk trading policy. it's also made very clear here that after brexit, the freedom of movement of eu citizens to come and live and work in the uk is over. but while the text emphasises the uk won't have the right or obligations of eu membership after brexit, it says the eu and uk should be highly ambitious as to the scope and depth of their new relationship,
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realising it might evolve. now this could mean anything, from the uk eventually having a bare—bones free—trade relationship with the eu to being a member of the european economic area, which would involve handing powers back to brussels. theresa may said after brexit, the uk would leave the single market but could still enjoy frictionless trade with the eu. well, that's not in here because the eu wants to drive home the point that if you leave the single market, you can't have the same benefits. but this is ambitious on trade. it calls for the ease of trade between the eu and uk, and to have as close a trade relationship as possible. for those who dislike the wording of the irish border guarantee in the other brexit document, the withdrawal agreement, they'll be relieved to see here that the eu and the uk say they're going to work hard to find alternatives, such as using technologies when they're up and running. and for others who worried that they were going to be staying in a customs union with the eu forever, there is no
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mention here of a union, but of "ambitious customs arrangements", which clearly is open to interpretation. the economic partnership should ensure no fees, charges or quantitative restrictions across all sectors, says the text. then adds that the eu — uk single customs territory outlined in the irish border guarantee in the brexit withdrawal agreement would be built and improved on. there's no mention of gibraltar in this document, despite the recent political spat. the eu sees the issue as bilateral between the uk and spain, and expects it will be resolved by the brexit summit on sunday. france's demand to fish in uk waters isn't addressed in the text either, which vaguely says fishing rights will have to be sorted out byjuly 2020. this is where the prime minister comes on sunday to meet eu leaders in the expectation that they will sign off on these brexit texts. but don't forget, the political declaration
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is not a final trade deal. it's not legally binding, so it's sort of designed to be all things to all people, in the hope too this will help theresa may sell her brexit deal to the house of commons. katya adler, bbc news, brussels. you'll find more information and analysis on brexit on the bbc news website at bbc.co.uk/brexit. the security service mi5 has admitted errors in failing to track salman abedi, whose attack at the manchester arena last year led to the loss of 22 lives. a report by mps on the intelligence and security committee says mi5 missed potential opportunites to stop abedi and failed to realise how dangerous he was. the committee reviewed five terror attacks that affected britain last year, as our correspondent judith moritz reports. five attacks in six months made 2017 the worst year
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for terrorism in recent times. targets included the houses of parliament, the london underground, and a mosque in finsbury park. 36 lives were lost, thousands more injured and traumatised. now there is strong criticism from mps, who say lessons weren't learnt from past attacks. it has been striking how many of the issues which arose in relation to the 2017 terrorist attacks had been previously raised by this committee in our reports on the 7/7 attacks and on the killing of fusilier lee rigby. we have previously made recommendations in all of these areas, yet the government failed to act on them. there is particular focus on opportunities which were missed to prevent the manchester arena explosion. mi5 has accepted its mistake in failing to track
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the bomber, salman abedi. they were aware of him but were too slow to deal with his case. and with no travel restrictions imposed, he was able to return undetected from libya days before the attack. abedi was never referred to the government's anti—radicalisation programme, prevent, and was able to visit another extremist in prison. robbie potter was gravely injured in the attack, left in a coma with shrapnel removed from his heart. today he's on the mend but angry at the revelations. it is something that could have been stopped, end of. this did not have to happen. every alarm bell was ringing. you feel let down? i am a bit, yeah. there was enough warning signs. it wasn't like just one house call, there was enough warning signs. they should be took to court. there, i've said it. they should be took to court now. they're just as guilty. that could have been stopped. mis? yeah. olivia campbell—hardy loved dancing with her grandfather, steve. the 15—year—old was one of 22 people killed at manchester arena. she's everywhere in our house.
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always in our thoughts. steve feels olivia's loss every day but does not blame the security services. i don't hold them to task over it because nobody, like i say, goes to work to do a bad job or anything. if they're admitting failures, then they must be learning lessons and they must be improving security. they must be tightening things up, especially on people leaving the country and coming back, where they've been and what's happened to them. if they're looking at things like that, that's a lesson to go for. the home office and other agencies are said to have made a litany of errors in the parsons green tube attack, which will require a further review. the government says it's doing everything it can to tackle the evolving threat of terrorism. judith moritz, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: the prime minister has hailed a draft agreement on post—brexit relations with the eu as ‘right for the whole of the uk'. after a review looking into the manchester arena terror attack, mi5 accepts it
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made a mistake in not tracking the bomber. the detective leading the investigation into the novichok poisonings in salisbury has told the bbc the amount of nerve agent found in a fake perfume bottle could have killed thousands of people. the detective leading the investigation into the russian chemical poisonings in salisbury has told the bbc that the amount of nerve agent found in a fake perfume bottle could have killed thousands of people. bbc‘s panorama also spoke with detective sergeant nick bailey, the police officer who was poisoned while investigating the attempted murder of the former russian spy sergei skripal and his daughter yulia. speaking publicly for the first time, he said he was ‘petrified' when he was told by doctors that he had the nerve agent in this system. panorama's jane corbin has this exclusive report. salisbury, wiltshire. in march this year, the city became the epicentre of a deadly attack.
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two russian assassins were sent to kill former russian spy sergei skripal with lethal nerve agent novichok. he and his daughter yulia were discovered critically ill in the city centre. but one of the police officers investigating the crime would become a victim too. we had to make sure that there were no other casualties in the house or anything in the house that was vital for us to find out what had actually happened to them. detective sergeant nick bailey was the first person to go to the skripals' home that night. he was wearing a full forensic suit when he entered their house, and everything appeared normal. once i'd come back from the house, the skripals' house, my pupils were like pinpricks and i was quite sweaty and hot. at the time, i put that down to being tired and stressed. nick bailey too had come into contact with the novichok. it's like oil, sinking through porous surfaces,
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and it's spread by touch. just a few milligrams can kill. it only took a day for nick to realise something was badly wrong. everything was juddering. i was very, very unsteady on my feet. the sweating had gone from my forehead, down my back. my whole body was just dripping with sweat. he recalls the moment in hospital when he was told what had poisoned him. they said, "you have this novichok, this nerve agent, in your blood system." what was your reaction? scared, because it's the fear of the unknown. because it's such a dangerous thing to have in your system. knowing how the other two were, or how badly they'd been affected by it, i was petrified. it took two weeks for the investigators to discover that the nerve agent was put on the front door handle of the skripals' home, but it took the death of dawn sturgess to work out how it got there. her partner charlie rowley, who also became ill, had found the perfume bottle used to smuggle the substance
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into britain. this is an exact replica of the novichok bottle, the perfume bottle. there was a significant amount of novichok contained within the bottle. how many people could have been killed by that? it's difficult to say, probably into the thousands. did it help you when you knew that it had been on the door handle, and you didn't know that when you entered the house? it helped in some ways. i at that point knew, well, it's not something that i've done wrong, because that was a big thing for me. it's such a... outrageous, dangerous way of doing something, that it angered me as well. but nick, the skripals and charlie rowley all survived the attack. never seen before, moving cctv images show the two russian military intelligence officers anatoliy chepiga and alexander mishkin in salisbury, just after the attack. they're taking pictures, smiling, on their way to the train
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station and back to moscow. it's unlikely they will ever appear in a british court. i said all along, i want to walk out of hospital with my wife, which we did in the end. and being able to do that, to walk out of hospital after two and a half weeks of going through what i went through was incredible. detective sergeant nick bailey ending that report byjane corbin of bbc panorama. the board of the japanese carmaker nissan has voted to sack its chairman carlos ghosn, who is under arrest on suspicion of financial misconduct. mr ghosn had been in charge of the company for almost two decades — he's also the chairman and chief executive of renault. he's accused of under—reporting his income at nissan by millions of pounds over five years. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, says the government
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is doing all it can to secure the release of matthew hedges. yesterday, the british academic was jailed for life for spying in the united arab emirates. officials there say they hope to reach what they call call an ‘amicable solution‘ with the uk after widespread criticism of the life sentence given to mr hedges. he'd been in the country conducting research on security strategy. our report from our diplomatic correspondent paul adams does contain some flashing images. back on home soil, exhausted and emotional. matthew hedges' wife, daniela, returned from the united arab emirates early this morning. in a bbc radio interview, she spoke despairingly about her husband's six—month ordeal. evidence against him is completely fabricated and he was put through so much pain for six months that absolutely nothing that he said or didn't could be used against him. the uae says mr hedges is a british spy, convicted after due process. britain says there's not a shred of evidence — an argument bluntly put to the uae ambassador by the foregin
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secretary this morning. but this afternoon in the uae, an apparent change of tone. a statement described by the foreign office as an olive branch. "contrary to media reports," it began, "matthew hedges has been treated fairly, according to the constitution of the uae." but the final line hinted at conciliation. "both sides hope to find an amicable solution to the matthew hedges case." at the foreign office mr hedges' wife had herfirst meeting withjeremy hunt, still haunted by yesterday's court hearing, but less critical of the government's efforts. seeing him shaken in court after being handed a life sentence and then being made to leave was beyond heartbreaking. we didn't even get to say goodbye. i really appreciate the foreign secretary taking the time to meet me at this crucial point in matt's life. shortly afterwards, another twist. a phone call betweenjeremy hunt
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and his counterpart in the uae. this evening mr hunt called the conversation constructive. earlier in the day of the talk here at the foreign office was all about a very frank conversation, diplomatic speak for a row. now the tone has changed completely. the two sides seem intent on lowering the temperature. after a grim six months and an agonising two days, a resolution does now seem a little nearer. paul adams, bbc news, at the foreign office. the gases that are driving up global temperatures have reached a record high in the past year.
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a major source of carbon dioxide is power stations that burn coal, they account for one—third of all greenhouse gases produced worldwide. environmental groups say chinese companies are building dozens more of these plants. one of the latest is in serbia, from where our science editor david shukman reports. a dark winter afternoon in serbia, and one of the country's largest power stations is working at full stretch. above it, a column of pollution twists into the air. this place generates electricity by burning coal. serbia depends on it but coal is the dirtiest kind of fuel and there is now a plan to use even more of it. for years, climate scientists have been saying the world needs to move away from coal because, when you burn it, it gives off carbon dioxide — a gas that hangs around in the air and adds to global warming. but right now, here in serbia and in dozens of other countries around the world, china is behind a boom in the construction of the power stations that use this stuff. here, a chinese company has started a project to expand the power station. a chinese bank is providing a cheap loan to pay for it. we caught one brief glimpse of the workers themselves.
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having them here is a new experience for the serbian engineer in charge. the chinese workers, serbian workers fear this will be a really big challenge but for this moment we have very good cooperation of chinese. we have some problem at the beginning about cultural differences but we over pass this. rooms are ready for more than a thousand chinese staff. until now china has only built power stations for itself. now it's pushing them from africa to asia, which could undermine the fight against global warming. you cannot be a world leader in curbing air pollution and, at the same time, the world's biggest financier of overseas coal power plants. for local people, coal does provide jobs but many are worried about the pollution.
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from everywhere, it's coming. this is the ash? this is the ash. this woman told me how waste from the power station blows into her house. nearby, a vast mine that supplies the power station. it's raining, which has the strange effect of making the coal burn. the chinese will expand operations here, so the coal should last at least another 30 years. david shukman, bbc news, in serbia. inafew in a few minutes, we will go to the papers, but that now, let's get the weather. we now have the incompetence in the long—range forecast. before then a significant change in weathertight.
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look at the jet stream. hard to find at the moment across the uk. it is that to the north and south, very weak. a strongerjet is propagating across the atlantic. by the time that arrives across our shores, it will be a south—westerlyjet and that will pick up some other errors well. at the moment it is still quite cold. there is a lot of cloud around on friday. so more showers chiefly coming to scotland from the south—west of england and wales. sunshine for northern ireland, south—west scotland, and parts of northern england. but generally that easily drift drags a lot of cloud. somewhat less cold air coming in across western parts of england and wales, where temperatures will reach double figures and generally speaking will not be as cold on friday as it was on thursday. it was pretty grim. still so low cloud into sunday morning, the sun of the weekend, and a few showers coming from that. patsmore ranking in across the english channel coastal areas through the english channel
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rain and showers begin to pivot. should be frost free on saturday morning. in some parts of england, generally south of the ma, some rain at times on saturday. still a few showers on the easterly breeze coming in off the north sea, but sunshine to the north—west of uk. generally dry, quiet. still quite cold, although double figures possible and southern parts of and wales. colder air to come in the second part of the weekend. a lot of real push away as the high pressure builds from the north. that will drag down somewhat cold air as well. noticeable especially across scotla nd noticeable especially across scotland in north—east england. a lot of cloud coming in off the north sea. essentially still that easterly breeze. not quite as would across southern counties of england. the original billable on sunday. it will feel little colder, struggling to 6— nine degrees. the beginning of the week, high pressure will be crucial.
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it builds to across the uk. we still have a cold fear they are going in and it is quite smooth moving weather as well. it will never be particular the warm and chances are there will be a lot of cloud. a few showers tricky that was northern england and northern ireland. a little sunshine on either side of that, perhaps, but still disappointing temperatures. moving to choose a colder we will see to more frost around if the cloud brea ks more frost around if the cloud breaks up as the high pressure builds down. a lot of weather on tuesday. signs of change you buy in the coming into northern ireland and south—eastern england and wales. that is because instead of high pressure will start to see low pressure will start to see low pressure in the longer range forecast. setting up towards the north—west, pushing weather fronts across the uk. another area of low pressure coming up in the south—west and then every fridge before another one comes in from the atlantic. what is that essentially shown? much more u nsettled is that essentially shown? much more unsettled weather. is showing for the most part wintering honeysuckle
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south—west. it should be milder. still not particularly that warm, of course. cold air could come in at night, giving essentially notes convert on the whole generally while mild. winterfrom the convert on the whole generally while mild. winter from the south. with the models converging, it looks a bit more certain. hello. this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment — first the headlines. the prime minister has hailed a draft agreement on post—brexit relations with the eu as ‘right for the whole of the uk'. after a review looking into the manchester arena terror attack, mi5 accepts it made a mistake in not tracking the bomber.
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